Telecommunications

  • March 26, 2008

    Sprint Nextel Loses Bid To Toss Patent Claims

    The court overseeing patent-holding company Enovsys LLC's infringement suit against Sprint Nextel Corp. over two patents related to privacy safeguards for location-based cell phone services has rejected the defendants' motions for summary judgment, clearing the way for a trial to begin in May.

  • March 26, 2008

    Patent-Holding Co. Illegally Holding Up Digital TV: AAI

    The American Antitrust Institute has called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate a patent-holding company it alleges is holding up next year's planned conversion to digital television by seeking millions of dollars in royalty fees from TV networks and cable companies.

  • March 26, 2008

    Riverstone Execs Settle With SEC In $30M Fraud Case

    Five former top officers and a former employee at Riverstone Networks Inc. have settled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's civil claims related to the alleged $30 million fraud that brought the bankrupt telecommunications equipment company down.

  • March 25, 2008

    Dell Gets Co-Defendants In Touch-Screen Patent Suit

    Touch-screen technology maker Typhoon Technologies Inc. and wireless provider Nova Mobility Systems have hooked three new defendants into their patent infringement suit, which has already targeted Dell Inc. over tablet personal computers.

  • March 25, 2008

    Unilateral Effects May Have Failed In Sirius-XM Review

    In deciding to bless the merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio Holdings, critics say the U.S. Department of Justice glossed over the serious anti-competitive threats the union poses, suggesting that the agency was unable to build a convincing argument against the deal under the unilateral-effects theory.

  • March 25, 2008

    Adelphia, NBC Reach $7.2M Deal Over Fees

    Two years after NBC objected to Adelphia Communications' Chapter 11 plan because of fees owed to the network by the bankrupt cable company, the two parties have reached a $7.2 million settlement deal.

  • March 24, 2008

    Despite DOJ's Nod, Sirius-XM Deal Still Faces Hurdles

    The Department of Justice said Monday that it will not to stand in the way of a merger between XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio, finding that there is little competition between the two companies and rebuffing calls to thwart the deal.

  • March 24, 2008

    InterDigital In Talks With Nokia Over 3G Patents

    InterDigital Inc. disclosed Monday that it is in settlement talks with Nokia Corp. to resolve all patent disputes between the two companies, including a complaint filed with the International Trade Commission related to third-generation cell phone technology.

  • March 24, 2008

    Icahn Takes Motorola To Court, Seeking Documents

    Billionaire investor Carl C. Icahn filed a lawsuit Monday against Motorola Inc., accusing the company of mismanagement and seeking a court order to gain access to documents relating to Motorola's senior officers and their management of the struggling cell phone division.

  • March 19, 2008

    Bank Liquidators Allege Telecom Exec Stole $120M

    A bankrupt telecommunications company may find itself at the center of the Chapter 11 case of a different company, after liquidators of Bancredit Cayman Ltd. alleged that the company may have stolen $120 million from the bank.

  • March 18, 2008

    Suit Says Palm Infringes Autodialing Technology

    Palm Inc., which makes the Treo line of smartphones, has been hit with an infringement suit over wireless phone automatic dialing technology.

  • March 18, 2008

    Motorola Radio's Chirp Can't Be Trademarked: USPTO

    Motorola Inc.'s attempt to trademark a sound made by its two-way radios has been turned back by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which agreed with arguments made by Motorola's competitor Nextel Communications Inc. that the sound does not function as a mark.

  • March 17, 2008

    High Court Won't Hear Casino's Case Over Union Rally

    The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it will not hear an appeal by Venetian Casino Resort LLC of the National Labor Relations Board's decision that the casino broke the law by broadcasting a message warning demonstrators they were trespassing and by attempting a citizen’s arrest of a union official during a rally.

  • April 11, 2008

    Policing BlackBerry Use: When Nonexempts Are Wired

    Employees are increasingly tethered to their jobs by BlackBerries, laptops and cell phones, which allow both exempt and nonexempt employees to work anywhere, anytime. For companies with wired workers at all levels, employers must ensure their nonexempt employees know when to power down, experts say.

  • March 14, 2008

    ERISA Suit Over Comcast Pension Plan Dismissed

    An ERISA suit filed against cable giant Comcast Cable Communications Inc. by a union and several Pennsylvania-based employees has been dismissed, after a judge found the plaintiffs’ claims did not hold up.

  • March 12, 2008

    Mobile Phone Cos. Sued Over Messaging Patents

    Major cellular phone manufacturers and providers, such as Motorola Inc., LG Electronics Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc., have been hit with lawsuits over picture- and video-messaging patents owned by a man whose inventions have been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution.

  • March 11, 2008

    AT&T Cell Phone Unit Hit With Wage-And-Hour Suit

    AT&T Inc.'s cell phone subsidiary was hit on Thursday with a proposed class action alleging that it has not paid its corporate recruiters or staffing coordinators any overtime wages since last June.

  • March 12, 2008

    Judge Names Lead Plaintiff In Ericsson Suit

    The securities class action filed against telecommunications equipment manufacturer Ericsson LM Telephone Co. moved a step closer to trial after a district court judge named a lead plaintiff and lead counsel for the case.

  • March 12, 2008

    Music Choice Sues Viacom Over Digital Music Patents

    Music Choice, the longtime leader in broadcasting digital music over cable TV systems, has filed a patent infringement suit against upstart Urge Radio, which is owned by Viacom and MTV Networks.

  • March 12, 2008

    Suit Seeks To Mute Tech Cos.' Digital Recorders

    LG Electronics USA Inc., Nikon Inc., Samsung Electronics and other companies whose cellular phones, digital cameras, camcorders and other devices include digital recording capabilities have been hit with an infringement lawsuit over patents covering flash memory technology.